Rodgers-signed former Celtic man to become a free agent after inspirational comeback story

By Euan Davidson

November 4, 2021

Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers famously said Real Madrid were keen on Charly Musonda [Sun].

A renowned wonderkid, Musonda was signed on loan by Celtic in 2018, to a fair amount of hype. After all, this was a lad very highly rated by Chelsea. He’d spent a decent season on loan at Real Betis, and had even played Premier League football with the Blues.

For Celtic and Brendan Rodgers to have landed him, then, was big news. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out at all for the former Belgium youth international.

Musonda did at least get his moment of glory in front of the Celtic faithful. His skilful assist for Callum McGregor against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League made fans even more excited about his potential [BBC].

Beyond that, though, the Chelsea wunderkind didn’t contribute much at Celtic. That began a nomadic spell for him, picking up occasional youth appearances at Chelsea and a fruitless spell with Vitesse. All his time in Holland yielded was a brutal knee injury [Sun], with doctors rating his chances of playing again at 20%.

However, Musonda has taken to Instagram to announce that he’ll be available to clubs this summer. The midfielder captioned training footage:

“Free agent, June 2022.

“Enjoying the final ride, while training and slowly getting ready for what lies ahead, with continued faith and optimism.”

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Former Celtic loanee Charly Musonda may have been written off, but he never gave up

Charly Musonda was often derided for a seeming lack of application at Celtic. He was certainly never a regular, and it seemed as if for all the hype, Rodgers wasn’t particularly impressed in training.

That’s a real shame, because Musonda always looked capable of magic moments to get us through games. Whether centrally or on the wing, he’d done enough in a fantastic youth career to impress a lot of scouts, coaches and fellow players. Except, his 18 month loan agreement with us ended after just 5 months.

When he picked up his knee injury after playing for Celtic, the prognosis was grim. So to hear that Musonda is on the comeback trail is inspirational. Still only 25, there’s time for him to have a fruitful career in football.

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And judging by his Instagram, a fresh start is definitely the order of the day. Musonda deleted all of his old posts, clearly focusing on what’s ahead rather than banking on his reputation with Chelsea and Belgium youth teams.

It may not have clicked for Charly Musonda at Celtic. But it’s hard to begrudge him this chance at a career revival.

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